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Joshua Thomas
From left, DPW employees Chris Walter, Shayn Comstock, Bill Vicciarelli, Jr. (superintendent), Tim Crosier, Darin Battisti, and Jack Carter; and Village Trustee Margaret DiGiacomo, Mayor Bernard Barnes, Village Clerk Karen Crouse and Village Trustee Gene Colorito with newly purchased village DPW trucks and equipment.

Joshua Thomas
From left, Village Clerk Karen Crouse, Village Trustee Gene Colorito, Village Trustee Margaret DiGiacomo, Police Chief Diana Callen and Mayor Bernard Barnes. Barnes passes Callen a set of keys for a newly purchased 2013 Chevy Impala.

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Village of St. Johnsville purchases new vehicles

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - Updated: 7:46 PM

By JOSHUA THOMAS

C-S-E Editor

ST. JOHNSVILLE -- On Monday morning, members of the St. Johnsville Department of Public Works and village board gathered at the St. Johnsville Marina to show $150,000 worth of vehicles and equipment purchased this year, including a Ford F350, a Ford F550, a 2013 Chevy Impala, a tractor and two lawn mowers.

The Ford trucks, utilized year-round as plows and dump trucks; the tractor, primarily used in the St. Johnsville Cemetery to dig graves; and the lawn mowers, used in the St. Johnsville Cemetery and at the Waste Water Treatment Plant, purchases totaled about $125,000, while the village's newly purchased police car cost about $19,000.

Chief of Police Diana Callen received about $6,000 in grant funding for the purchase of an in-car computer system, which utilizes TRACS software.

"We try to replace the cars every three years or so, so it doesn't cost the taxpayers that much money," said Mayor Bernard Barnes, noting that old vehicles are sold outright and bring in significant money to put toward the balance of the new vehicles. 

The police car sold to offset the cost of the new vehicle brought in $3,500.

The village paid off three loans and took out three new ones for the purchases, utilizing ten year statutory installment bonds for the DPW vehicles and equipment, and a bond anticipation note for the police car.

"We do this as a board," said Barnes of the purchases, continuing, "It's a team effort and we all work together. Not for us, but for the taxpayers."

"For $125,000, the taxpayers should be very proud of what they're getting."

     

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